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No Rain Falls In Australia For First Time In History As Fires Continue To Rage

Experts believe yesterday, November 11, may have been Australia’s driest day since weather records began 137 years ago. A forecast map for Monday showed zero rainfall predicted for the entire mainland of Australia, with just small amounts expected in Tasmania. Today, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that just about every single part of the country

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Experts believe yesterday, November 11, may have been Australia’s driest day since weather records began 137 years ago.

A forecast map for Monday showed zero rainfall predicted for the entire mainland of Australia, with just small amounts expected in Tasmania.

Today, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that just about every single part of the country remained dry.

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A spokesperson said, via MailOnline:

While it remained dry across most of Australia, during the 24 hours to 9am today rainfall was recorded in locations in both Victoria and Tasmania.

In Victoria, totals were mostly below 3 mm (5 mm at Ferny Creek). Some over 10 mm in Tasmania.

If there had been no rain at all, it would have been the first time in Australia’s history.

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The spokesperson continued:

The team can’t comprehensively identify a day in our records where there hasn’t been rain somewhere on continental Australia.

The spectacularly dry day comes after residents living near bushland in Sydney were warned to prepare for evacuation as the city faces an ‘unprecedented level of bushfire danger’.

Sydney is currently facing ‘catastrophic’ conditions, with many weather experts fearing heights of 37°C, combined with high speed winds and low levels of humidity, could lead to the ‘perfect sandstorm’.

The Army is currently on standby, ready to get helicopters out to evacuate endangered residents who are living in the 100,000 homes believed to be at risk, amid warnings of ‘the most dangerous bushfire week the nation has ever seen’.

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On Monday, the Rural Fire Service said:

Some fires may start and spread so quickly there is little time for a warning, so do not wait and see.

There are simply not enough fire trucks for every house. If you call for help, you may not get it. Do not expect a firetruck. Do not expect a knock on the door. Do not expect a phone call. Your safest option will always be to leave early.

RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said 50 fires were burning across New South Wales and around 25 of them were uncontained.

At the time of writing, none of the fires have reached the emergency level, however Fitzsimmons says he expects some to do so today, November 12, as a result of the ‘catastrophic’ conditions.

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the fires.

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Koalas Are Being Released Back Into The Wild After Australian Bushfires

The deadly impact of the months-long Australian bushfires on wildlife was unprecedented. However, light has emerged from that darkness as koalas are being released back into the wild.  The bushfire crisis seems so long ago, particularly after the coronavirus pandemic. However, it’s important to not forget the devastating damage Down Under endured: more than 2.5

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The deadly impact of the months-long Australian bushfires on wildlife was unprecedented. However, light has emerged from that darkness as koalas are being released back into the wild. 

The bushfire crisis seems so long ago, particularly after the coronavirus pandemic. However, it’s important to not forget the devastating damage Down Under endured: more than 2.5 million acres ravaged by fire, billions of animals killed and 34 human lives lost.

For these animals, it’s time to go home – months after being rescued, 13 koalas have now been released back into their now-safe natural habitat in the Blue Mountains.

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Wildlife conservation non-profit Science for Wildlife, in collaboration with San Diego Zoo Global, rescued a number of koalas ahead of their eucalyptus trees being engulfed by flames. Since then, they’d been living in Taronga Zoo.

Now, they’ve been released into Kanangra-Boyd National Park in the state of New South Wales, the first step of a larger rehabilitation plan for the animals, with hopes of restoring the koala population in the area. More than 10,000 koalas are feared to have been killed in the fires.

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In a statement, Dr Kellie Leigh, the executive director of Science for Wildlife, said: 

While they have coped well in care we are delighted to finally send our koalas home. We have been busy assessing the burnt area that we rescued them from, to establish when the conditions have improved enough that the trees can support them again.

The recent rains have helped and there is now plenty of new growth for them to eat, so the time is right. We will be radio-tracking them and keeping a close eye on them to make sure that they settle in OK.

Throughout the course of the bushfire crisis, experts from Taronga Zoo reportedly treated more than 100 koalas across two hospitals.

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Bindi Irwin Got Married In Secret Hours Before Australian Quarantine Began

Bindi Irwin managed to get married just hours ahead of Australia’s crackdown on weddings and other social gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The 21-year-old conservationist – and daughter of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin – tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell today, March 25. The couple had been engaged since Bindi’s

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Bindi Irwin managed to get married just hours ahead of Australia’s crackdown on weddings and other social gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 21-year-old conservationist – and daughter of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin – tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell today, March 25.

The couple had been engaged since Bindi’s birthday in July last year, six years after meeting at Australia Zoo – fittingly, that’s where they chose to become husband and wife.

It looked to be a gorgeous ceremony, with zoo staff in attendance cradling koalas and a musician with a guitar at the end of the aisle.

Shortly after her now-husband proposed, Bindi uploaded a photo to Instagram with the caption:

Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you and every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure and true happiness. I’m so looking forwarding to spending our forever together as your wife. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose and unconditional love – now let’s get married already!

Chandler said that proposing in Australia Zoo, ‘in her very favourite place… surrounded by animals, seemed like the perfect way’ to do it.

Photos had emerged earlier today of the wedding, as paparazzi in helicopters flew over the ceremony – Bindi was seen shielded by huge white umbrellas, clearly in a bid to keep it as private as possible.

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Following Steve’s tragic death in 2006, his wife Terri and their children Bindi and Robert have continued his legacy, owning and operating the Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital.

In Australia, there have been more than 2,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with eight deaths. In response to those numbers, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced a host of measures, active from midnight tonight.

These include restrictions on funerals, which will be limited to 10 people or less, and weddings will be limited to the couple, celebrant and witnesses. Amusement parks, arcades, galleries, museums, libraries and community facilities will also be shut, however schools are set to remain open.

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Morrison said: ‘Jobs are essential, and everyone who has one needs to be able to keep doing their job. And that means being able to keep their children at school. Where parents choose to keep their children at home, there will be learning that is there for them to undertake. Parents would be needing to take responsibility for ensuring that their children are engaged in that.’

Imploring people to stay and home and practice social distancing, he said to those urging for stricter enforcement: ‘Be careful what you wish for on something like that … because that will need to be sustained for a very long time.’

Congratulations to Bindi and Chandler, particularly amid these trying times!

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Sydney Shopkeeper Uses Genius Trick To Stop People Hoarding Toilet Roll

A convenience store owner has come up with a way to stop people panic-buying toilet roll, urging his customers not to be ‘greedy’ in the process. Hazem Sedda, the owner of Redfern Convenience Store in Sydney, decided enough was enough when he realised many vulnerable people in his community were unable to get their hands

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A convenience store owner has come up with a way to stop people panic-buying toilet roll, urging his customers not to be ‘greedy’ in the process.

Hazem Sedda, the owner of Redfern Convenience Store in Sydney, decided enough was enough when he realised many vulnerable people in his community were unable to get their hands on even a single roll of toilet paper.

To deter his customers from stocking up, he came up with an ingenious idea.

His solution was to whack up the price of two packets of toilet roll to $99.

Now, I’ll be honest with you. If Sedda was selling a pack of nine rolls, or even four, I’d be completely on board with this idea. It stops people from buying more than they need and prevents many being left without.

But the toilet rolls in Sedda’s store come in packs of two – which really isn’t enough for families and wouldn’t last that long even in a household of two – so really this idea just prevents people from buying what they need. Although I suppose they could always come back and buy more once they run out?

Of course, Sedda kept the price of one pack of toilet roll the same – $3.50 – something he said has deterred his customers from attempting to stock up, as well as the sign next to the rolls that reads: ‘Don’t be greedy, think of the other people.’

The shop owner told Daily Mail Australia he originally put a sign up stating customers were only allowed one packet each, but people kept ignoring it.

He explained:

Everyone was taking two or three and telling me it was for their mum or sister. It was annoying they kept ignoring the sign. When I put the two pack for $99 everyone was just taking one. No one came up with two.

Sedda said he made the decision to increase the price of two packets because he wanted to help his local community, adding: ‘All the old people and all the desperate people were able to get some as well, that was the whole point.’

In a post shared to the store’s Instagram account, Sedda encouraged his customers to help him ‘keep [the toilet roll] in stock for you’, adding: ‘Please only buy what you need, don’t “buy to stock up” as a lot of people are desperate for one roll.’

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to cause uncertainty around the globe, the effects of panic-buying and stockpiling have been seen worldwide. Empty shelves in supermarkets have become a common sight, and while it’s understandable for shoppers to panic given the extremely stressful situation, it has left many without even the basic necessities.

Hopefully Sedda’s idea does help stop the panic-buying mentality, although I still think the ‘one packet per customer’ idea is perhaps a more stress-free way to go about it.

It’s okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization on coronavirus, click here.

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